Kahili Beach Preserve

Size: 17.63 acres. 5.43 acres were acquired in 2003 and an additional 12.2 acres were acquired in 2013
Year Protected: 2003
Land Protection Strategy: Owned by HILT
Conservation Values: Marine shoreline, public beach access, native bird habitat, estuarine wetlands
Land Features: Marine shoreline, estuary and sand dunes

About Kāhili Beach Preserve

This preserve is guarded by the many ‘iwa birds that soar in the ‘uhau wind here at Kahili.  Located in the Ko‘olau district of Kaua‘i, the name Kahili literally means feather standard.  Kahili Beach is a popular surf spot for Kaua‘i’s North Shore residents. The windswept beach, nicknamed Rock Quarry, attracts recreational beachgoers and surf lovers of all kinds.

In November of 2003, Louise and Monte Zweben donated fee ownership of this 5.43-acre oceanfront parcel located at the mouth of Kīlauea stream and adjacent to the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.  The property provides public access to Kahili Beach while safeguarding the shoreline ecosystem.

The transformation of this property was evident almost immediately after their donation. In collaboration with the Kīlauea Neighborhood Association, every month volunteers clean up debris and trash at the beach.  To date, more than 1,000 person-hours have been donated to keeping the shoreline clean and beautiful.

In 2013 HILT purchased an additional 12.2 acre parcel that is contiguous with the 5.43 acres already under our protection.  The newly named, Kahili Beach Preserve now includes this new parcel.  The entire 17 acres includes the Kīlauea stream river mouth and important riparian buffer zones along the stream.  

Held in perpetuity by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, this truly is a jewel in the crown of beaches along the North Shore.  

As beach access and coastal views disappear daily, the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is ensuring public enjoyment of this popular shoreline for generations to come.  


We would like to remind the public that no pets, particularly dogs, are allowed at these public preserves to protect the conservation values, native wildlife and habitat.  Mahalo for your support!

“That this thief is not a petty thief, rather, it is a thief that regulates. Have you ever had anyone ʻsteal your heart’? Or, when playing against someone in a game, have you ever had anyone ʻsteal the win’ from you? This kind of thief is the one that makes you realize that you are not guaranteed what you think you are. The ʻIwa checks you and what you thought you were entitled to. The ʻiwa reminds you that you will have to earn it. And in places where you find ʻiwa perching and nesting, the ʻiwa reminds you that it takes chiefly standards to keep our places (sacred, celebrated, or otherwise) in pristine conditions for ourselves and the next generations to come.
— Hoku Cody